Tortes were first made in Europe, and as most things usually do, traveled here to find a home amongst the New World settlers. The concept of tortes came from elegant multi-layered cakes that were first made famous in Hungary. The cakes alternated sponge cake with delicious buttercream fillings. Then, the cake was topped with hazelnuts, and other chopped nuts like almonds. Sometimes caramel was even drizzled over top. The cake eventually evolved into a one-layer sponge cake with all kinds of delicious toppings.
For our Almond Vanilla Torte, we kept the recipe as simple as possible. We topped ours with powdered sugar and slivered almonds to give it a simple, yet elegant finish.